WTLLdAM YOK BCUMBOLDT. _ ^ ^ his own reflections on art. But the reason seems tcS-1 be, that the tendency of both poets to l^proach thejf ':' ideal of Greek perfection was most plainly' »^Lown3 aij^f"''; most successfully achieved, in this produffci^^^ Goethe3s. Now, none of the literary men of tH€ *2ay were so partial to this imitation of the Greeks, as Humboldt; and none, therefore, felt such a Mgh degree of critical interest as he did, when he saw this splendid proof of the success of his favourite theory. This selection also plainly proves that he not only deemed epic poetry in general, but this poem of Go ethers in particular, as appropriate for developing the fundamental laws of the beautiful in art. It was, therefore, a fortunate circumstance for him that he was now separated from Schiller, so that the indivi- dual characteristics of the latter could not exercise that influence over his judgment which they had hitherto done. He, however, loses no opportunity of doing justice to Schiller in this essay* Humboldt sent the manuscript of his work to .Schiller, with the request to read it over*with Goethe., correct it, and prepare it for publication. That Goethe •was pleased and flattered by this great testimony to his talents, cannot be doubted; and after reading it, and debating on it, the two poets determined to send it to press as it had left Hnmboldt's study, without .any material corrections.